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Tech for Smart Cities must be customised for Indian needs: Piyush Goyal

Speaking at the Second Smart Cities India Expo in the capital, the minister pointed out that technology must also be scalable to ensure it has the required impact.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | May 12, 2016 2:28:09 am
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Union Minister for Power Piyush Goyal on Wednesday said technologies for Smart Cities must be customised for Indian needs.

Speaking at the Second Smart Cities India Expo in the capital, the minister pointed out that technology must also be scalable to ensure it has the required impact.

“Technologies must be adopted keeping in mind the Indian context,” said the minister. “Pilot projects are not the right way to go about implementation as it is time consuming and has a high chance of failure. We need to look at economies of scale and faster implementation.”

Goyal added that affordability of the technology is important if it were to be scaled up and leave an impact in the country. Citing the example of LED lighting and the government’s aggressive approach in its distribution, he said that the consumer had saved around $6.5 billion in power bills.

Also speaking at the event was Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

“Smart cities will not be static. What may be smart today, may not be so in 2030. So, the concept of smart cities will keep changing.”

The three-day expo features smart solutions to some of the pressing concerns of the day like energy, infrastructure, transport and environment, among others.

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